Call for Papers: Global Turmoil and Conflicting Hierarchies

Posted Date: 2024-05-20
Expiry Date: 2024-06-10

Intersections. East European Journal of Society and Politics (IEEJSP) invites original research papers for its thematic issue on “Global Turmoil and Conflicting Hierarchies”

Guest editors: Béla Soltész – András Szalai – Katalin Turai – Rusudan Margiani (ELTE)

Hierarchies stratify, rank, and organize relations among states but also society. There are many kinds of hierarchies with differing logics and strategy, influencing the social, moral, and behavioral nature of the world we live in. Hierarchy can be understood as a relationship of legitimate authority, and/or the manifestation of organized inequality and oppression.

National, global, political, social, and cultural hierarchies are in a state of flux. New economic, media and political forces are emerging less rooted in the traditions of post-war social justice, human rights, and liberal democracy and challenge older hierarchies and social contracts. The public are feeling increasingly disempowered by some of these processes but at the same time some are attracted and persuaded by the reactionary narratives of certain emerging forces.

The tectonic plates of the international order seem to be shifting with new economic powers emerging among the BRICS, correspondingly the US is in economic and political decline and less able to impose its vision of international order. In an increasingly multipolar, fractious, and anarchic world what are the prospects for peace and human rights? What will be the repercussions of the war in Ukraine and growing US/China tensions? Is China destined to be the new global hegemon?

The issue is looking for studies exploring the nature and causes of these phenomena and how responses centered on social justice and economic solidarity, inclusive development and rights and the legitimate authority of international law could present a response to the growing crisis we face. Are there alternatives and remedies that can counter the new hierarchies and encompass legitimate needs?

We invite scholars to submit an abstract of 500-800 words describing the main question(s), argument(s), and finding(s) of the paper, together with the applied methodology (if relevant), and a short bio by 10 June 2024 to the coordinator of the special issue, Rusudan Margiani ( with „Intersections 2025/2 Proposed abstract” in the subject.

Thematic book reviews as items in the special issue are also welcome.

Authors will receive feedback from the editorial team by 25 June 2024. The deadline for submitting final papers is 15 October 2024. The issue is scheduled for publication in April 2025.

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Intersections. East European Journal of Society and Politics (IEEJSP) is a peer-reviewed journal promoting multidisciplinary and comparative thinking on Eastern and Central European societies in a global context. IEEJSP publishes research with international relevance and encourages comparative analysis both within the region and with other parts of the world. Founded by the Centre for Social Sciences of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest, IEEJSP provides an international forum for scholars coming from and/or working on the region. The Journal is indexed by Web of Science (ESCI), Scopus, CEEOL, ERIH, Google Scholar, and Index Copernicus. It has been ranked Q3 (for 2021) by ScimagoJR.